Criminal Justice Resources

Articles and papers/reports, selected books and law-related material, statistics/data, organizations, other sources, 50-state surveys, historical archives/research, what is happening in criminal justice, getting help, introduction.

This guide is meant to serve as a starting place for people researching criminal justice and related criminal law issues.  It focuses primarly on issues related to the United States.  For more criminal law sources (particularly for 1L's), be sure to check out our guides for Criminal Law and Law and Public Policy  and the Kennedy School Library's Criminal Justice guide.

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Indexing/abstracting resources focused on criminal justice

  • Crime and Delinquency Abstracts Covers 1963-1972. National Council on Crime and Delinquency and National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information. Previously,
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts (Harvard Key Login) Criminal Justice Abstracts provides comprehensive coverage of U.S. and international criminal justice literature including scholarly journals, books, dissertations, governmental and non-governmental studies and reports, unpublished papers, magazines, newsletters and other materials. In addition to criminal justice and criminology, topics covered include criminal law and procedure, corrections and prisons, police and policing, criminal investigation, forensic sciences and investigation, history of crime, substance abuse and addiction, and probation and parole. 1968-current. more... less... Criminal Justice Abstracts provides comprehensive coverage of U.S. and international criminal justice literature including scholarly journals, books, dissertations, governmental and non-governmental studies and reports, unpublished papers, magazines, newsletters and other materials. In addition to criminal justice and criminology, topics covered include criminal law and procedure, corrections and prisons, police and policing, criminal investigation, forensic sciences and investigation, history of crime, substance abuse and addiction, and probation and parole.
  • NCJRS The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 185,000 criminal justice publications housed in the NCJRS Library collection. Most documents published by NCJRS sponsoring agencies since 1995 are available in full-text online. A link is included with the abstract when the full-text is available. Use the Thesaurus Term Search to search for materials in the NCJRS Abstracts Database using an NCJRS controlled vocabulary. This controlled vocabulary is used to assign relevant indexing terms to the documents in the NCJRS collection.

Finding legal articles and papers

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  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981 (Law Login Required) covers back to 1908 more... less... This retrospective database indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic will also be covered.
  • More resources for finding legal articles

Multidisciplinary databases

  • Academic Search Premier (Harvard Login) more... less... Academic Search Premier (ASP) is a multi-disciplinary database that includes citations and abstracts from over 4,700 scholarly publications (journals, magazines and newspapers). Full text is available for more than 3,600 of the publications and is searchable.
  • JSTOR more... less... Includes all titles in the JSTOR collection, excluding recent issues. JSTOR ( is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. For complete lists of titles and collections, please refer to

Other social science databases related to criminal justice

  • PAIS International (Harvard Login) provides access to materials about public policy, including academic journal articles, yearbooks, books, reports and pamphlets. Items indexed include works by academics, agencies, international organizations and federal, state and local governments from 1972 to the present. PAIS covers over 1,600 journals and roughly 8,000 books each year. PAIS is international in scope and contains items in many romance languages. more... less... PAIS International indexes the public and social policy literature of public administration, political science, economics, finance, international relations, law, and health care, International in scope, PAIS indexes publications in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The database is comprised of abstracts of thousands of journal articles, books, directories, conference proceedings, government documents and statistical yearbooks.
  • More academic resources by field
  • Law and Public Policy Guide
  • Urban Studies Abstracts (Harvard Login) more... less... Electronic index and abstracts to the literature in the area of urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, and urban history. The backfile of this index has been digitized, providing coverage back to 1973.

Selected Journals and newsletters

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  • Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (Georgetown) Latest issue available in print at Law School KF9619 .G46

Westlaw ID and password required

  • Federal Sentencing Reporter also on Lexis

Congressional publications/government reports

  • CRS reports
  • House and Senate Hearings, Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection, and Digital US Bills and Resolutions
  • Federal Legislative History
  • US Department of Justice
  • PolicyFile (Harvard Login) Abstracts of and links to domestic and international public policy issue published by think tanks, university research programs, & research organizations. more... less... PolicyFile provides abstracts (more than half of the abstracts link to the full text documents) of domestic and international public policy issues. The public policy reports and studies are published by think tanks, university research programs, research organizations which include the OECD, IMF, World Bank, the Rand Corporation, and a number of federal agencies. The database search engine allows users to search by title, author, subject, organization and keyword.
  • Rutgers University Don M. Gottsfredson School of Criminal Justice Gray Literature Database

Rules of Criminal Procedure

  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure) Includes postings of proposed rule changes. From the website.
  • Rulemaking (Pending Rules)(US Courts)

Model Penal Code

  • Criminal Law: Model Penal Code
  • Model Penal Code and Commentaries (official draft and revised comments) : with text of Model penal code as adopted at the 1962 Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute at Washington, D.C., May 24, 1962.
  • Model penal code : official draft and explanatory notes : complete text of Model penal code as adopted at the 1962 Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute at Washington, D.C., May 24, 1962.
  • Model Penal Code (ALI Library) Includes drafts

Selected Criminal Law Treatises, Basic Texts and Practice Manuals

Below are sources related to criminal law generally or focused on federal criminal law.  For a particular jurisdiction, look for secondary sources related to that particular state.  For constitutional issues, see also secondary sources related to constitutional law more generally.

Lexis ID and password required

  • United States Attorneys Manual
  • Legal Division Reference Book
  • United States Sentencing Commission, Guidelines Manual

Search and Seizure

  • Search and Seizure also on Lexis

Sources for criminal justice statistics generally

  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Currently in transition (no longer funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics), but still a good starting place. Data included as of 2013.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • FBI Uniform Crime Reports Annual report is Crime in the United States .
  • National Crime Victimization Survey See also NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool and National Crime Victimization Survey Resource Guide .
  • Justice Research and Statistics Association
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
  • United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) Interactive Sourcebook
  • Sunlight Criminal Justice Project Its Hall of Justice provides a searchable inventory of publically available criminal justice data sets and research.
  • Arrest Data Analysis Tool underlying data from FBI's UCR (Uniform Crime Reports)
  • Measures for Justice
  • State Criminal Caseloads
  • United States Historical Corrections Statistics - 1850-1984 from BJS abstract: "The introductory chapter contains a brief history of Federal corrections data collection efforts. Summary information on capital punishment includes data on illegal lynchings by race and offense, regional comparisons of the number of persons executed, the number under the death sentence, the number of women executed, and the number of persons removed from the death sentence other than by execution. Prison statistics cover the number in Federal, State, and juvenile facilities; the average sentence by sex, region, race, and offense; length of sentence; and type of release. Statistics also cover facility staff, inmate-staff ratio, and jail inmates. Probation and parole statistics address the numbers under supervision (both adults and juveniles), average caseload, terminations by method of termination, the average length of parole and percent with favorable outcome, and probationer and parolee profiles. Implications are drawn for current data collection efforts, and the appendix contains limited information on military prisons."
  • Crime

Crime Mapping

  • NIJ Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety

Harvard Law School affiliates only. HLS Me account and password required

Specialized sources of statistics/data

  • Death Penalty Information Center
  • Federal Sentencing Statistics
  • The Counted: People Killed by Police in the US (The Guardian)
  • Washington Post (People Shot Dead by Police)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection's (OJJDP's) Statistical Briefing Book
  • Stanford Open Policing Project Data on vehicle and pedestrian stops from law enforcement departments across the country.
  • Corporate Prosecution Registry
  • Police Crime Data
  • Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences Series
  • Citizen Police Data Project focused on Chicago
  • Chicago Data Collaborative "Collaborative members collect data from institutions at all points of contact in the Cook County criminal justice system, including the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Office of the State's Attorney, and the Cook County Jail."
  • Washington Post (Unsolved Homicide Database)
  • American Violence Run by the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, the initial iteration of this databases includes city-level figures on murder rates in more than 80 of the largest 100 U.S. cities. According to the website, the second iteration will feature neighborhood-level figures on violent crime in 30-50 cities with available data.
  • Police Data Initiative "This site provides a consolidated and interactive listing of open and soon-to-be-opened data sets that more than 130 local law enforcement agencies have identified as important to their communities, and provides critical and timely resources, including technical guidance and best practices, success stories, how-to articles and links to related efforts." See map of participating agencies" .

Other sources for statistics

  • American Fact Finder
  • See Judicial Workload, Jury Verdicts and Crime Statistics generally
  • Harvard Dataverse more... less... The Harvard-MIT Data Center is the principal repository of quantitative social science data at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The majority of its holdings are available to Harvard and MIT affiliates directly via its web site through its search engine. Graduate students and faculty with a Harvard or MIT Library card can check out paper code books from libraries at either institution, under Harvard's and MIT's reciprocal borrowing agreement. In addition, the Data Center has negotiated a special agreement for undergraduates and summer graduate students, who are not covered by the standard agreement.
  • Proquest Statistical Insight (Harvard Login) more... less... Proquest Statistical Insight is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts the statistical content of selected United States government publications, state government publications, business and association publications, and intergovernmental publications. The abstracts may also contain a link to the full text of the table and/or a link to the agency's web site where the full text of the publication may be viewed and downloaded.
  • Includes data from the Department of Justice and other agencies.
  • Data Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Historical Statistics of the United States (Harvard Login) more... less... Presents the U.S. in statistics from Colonial times to the present. Included are statistics on U.S. population, including characteristics, vital statistics, internal and international migration. Statistics on work and welfare, economic structure and performance, economic sectors, and governance and international relations. Tables may be downloaded for use in spreadsheets and other applications. This electronic database is also in a five volume hard copy set.

Books, reports and articles about criminal justice statistics and records

  • Data and Civil Rights: Criminal Justice Primer Part of larger conference on Data and Civil Rights ; includes write-up from conference
  • Ensuring the Quality, Credibility, and Relevance of U.S. Justice Statistics (2009)
  • Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Modernizing Crime Statistics: Report 1: Defining and Classifying Crime

topics for criminal justice research papers

Case Processing and Court Statistics

  • Federal Criminal Case Processing Statistics
  • State Court Caseload Statistics See also Data Collection: Court Statistics Project and CSP Data Viewer .
  • Statistics and Reports (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Criminal Records

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  • Search Systems A mega search site with links to public records by state, county, city and also by record type. A great place to start your research. more... less... From the website: We've located, analyzed, described, and organized links to over 55,000 databases by type and location to help you find property, criminal, court, birth, death, marriage, divorce records, licenses, deeds, mortgages, corporate records, business registration, and many other public record resources quickly, easily, and for free.
  • BRB Publications BRB Publications maintains a page with links to more than 300 local, state and federal websites offering free access to public records.
  • National Sex Offender Public Registry From the US Department of Justice. This site also has links to all 50 states, District of Columbia, US territories, and tribal registry websites.
  • FBI's Sex Offender Database websites An alternate source for state level sex offender databases.
  • FBI's Bureau of Prisons Inmate Finder
  • VINELink VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

Research Organizations and Advocacy Groups

  • Vera Institute of Justice
  • Agencies, Think Tanks and Advocacy Groups
  • Urban Institute-Crime and Justice
  • National Center for State Courts
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Innocence Project
  • Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice (UPenn Law)
  • Capital Jury Project

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association (Criminal Justice section)
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • American Correctional Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Research guides from other libraries

  • MSU Libraries, Criminal Justice Resources
  • Georgetown Law Criminal Law and Justice Guide
  • Harvard Kennedy School Library, Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law Prof Blog
  • White Collar Crime Prof Blog


  • ABA Collateral Consequences Database
  • National Conference of State Legislatures-Civil and Criminal Justice

HIstorical Archives/Projects

  • National Death Penalty Archives
  • ProQuest History Vault (Harvard Login)

Updates from popular criminal justice resources

New books in the library, new books in general.

  • New Books Received at Rutgers

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135+ Amazing Criminal Justice Research Topics In 2023

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Are you a law student or enrolled in law college? Are you looking for criminal justice research topics? Here, in this blog, you can find your criminal justice research topics. explains the 135 amazing criminal research paper topic ideas for 2023 in this blog.

When we listen to the word criminal justice, many words come into our mind like “victim,” “enforcement,” “crimes,” “courts,” “prison,” and law sanctions. Criminal justice is a term that governments make to justice for people, reduce and make decisions to prevent crimes. Governments make law sanctions to reduce crimes. Every country has a different criminal justice system.

The criminal justice system in the United States is a complex system of federal, state, and local laws, with state and federal constitutions, international treaties, and customary law. Each layer of government shares responsibility for a different aspect of the process. Federal law enforcement agencies enforce laws that may be broken by people who are not in their jurisdiction.

For example : When an individual from New York City travels to Florida to commit a crime such as a robbery or murder they will be arrested by the Florida police and handed over to federal authorities.

A criminal justice research paper necessarily requires accuracy, attention, and patience. Sometimes students are confused about writing criminal research paper topics, or they have a shortage of time to complete research papers.

Most college students ask for assignments to write criminal justice research papers. If you want criminal justice research paper help, you can take our trusted  research paper assignment help .

How To Choose A Good Research Topics

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Choosing a research topic is a very challenging task. You should pick a topic that is both interesting and relevant to your audience. You should analyze the crime report before choosing the criminal justice research topics. Research the types of crimes in your country and where your country ranks in the global crime index.

Some research topics include the following:

  • The role of law enforcement, prosecutors, and public defenders.
  • Challenges with eyewitness identifications.
  • Different types of evidence are used in criminal cases.
  • The effect of jury selection on trials.
  • How criminal justice impacts mental health.

What Is a Research Paper in Criminal Justice?

A research paper in criminal justice is an academic paper presenting findings from research on a specific criminal justice topic. These papers typically require extensive research and analysis of primary and secondary sources, such as case studies, official reports, statistics, and academic literature. The research paper aims to contribute new knowledge to the criminal justice field, identify trends or patterns, or assess the effectiveness of interventions or policies.

Research papers in criminal justice typically follow a standard academic format, including an introduction that sets the context and research questions, a literature review that summarizes existing research, a methodology section that outlines the research design and data collection methods, a results section that presents findings, and a conclusion that summarizes the research’s significance and implications.

Criminal justice research papers may focus on various topics, including the legal system’s operations, law enforcement practices, corrections, crime prevention, and victimization. These papers may be used to inform policymakers, practitioners, and academics about the state of the criminal justice system and suggest evidence-based solutions to improve its effectiveness and fairness.

Let’s Discuss The Criminal Justice Research Topics-

Here in this section, we will tell you some of the best criminal justice research topics for 2023:-

Basic Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Topics

  • Basic criminal Research Topics.
  • History of Criminal Ethics.
  • Criminology as Social Science.
  • Criminology and Public Policy.
  • Advantages of Private Prisons.
  • Civil Crimes vs War Crimes.
  • Offenses Against Religion & Cultural Traits.
  • Causes of victimization.

Court Cases Criminal Justice Research Topics

  • Can victims of crime receive help?
  • How serious are shoplifting incidents?
  • When do felony disenfranchisement laws apply?
  • Is organized crime and corruption synonymous?
  • What is legal help available to victims of date rape?
  • What is the difference between civil and criminal cases?
  • Forensic science: how effective is it in modern criminal justice?
  • Is there a link between substance abuse, crime, and substance use?
  • Who is eligible for the protection program, and what protection is provided?
  • Prison rape and violence: What can be done to prevent sexual and domestic violence in prison?

Controversial Criminal Justice Research Topics

  • Gun control causes.
  • Struggle with mental health issues.
  • Police officers’ legal rights are limited.
  • College Violence Causes.
  • Gun violence and prevention policies.
  • Crimes Propaganda and Modern Music Culture.
  • Race and politics of criminal justice.
  • An investigation into victim services.
  • Eyewitness Evidence Importance.
  • Legal codes used in America.
  • Zero tolerance policy and crime rates.
  • Sexual assault.
  • culture, and gender equality.
  • What is the best way to reduce recidivism?
  • pros and cons of prisons in America.
  • Criminalization of poverty.
  • Gender and Punishment.
  • The effects of drugs on children’s development.
  • Effects of drug addiction on mental health.
  • Youth offenders and Bootcamps.

Debate Criminal Justice Research Topics

  • Failures in criminal justice.
  • Criminal justice system expectations.
  • Statistical analysis in criminal justice.
  • Debate on criminal justice act.
  • criminal justice trend evaluation.
  • Trends in the criminal justice system.
  • Criminal justice system corrections in the USA.
  • Find the solution to prevent crimes.

Criminology Research Topics On Theories

  • Is employment related to law violations?
  • What is the relationship between family status and legal violations?
  • Is gender related to the type of law violation?
  • What is the relationship between citizenship and law enforcement?
  • How does education relate to crime levels?
  • How does gun ownership relate to breaking the law?
  • Is there a link between immigration status and law violations?
  • What types of crimes are common at what ages?
  • How does the type of crime relate to the level of aggression?

Top 10 Hot Criminology Research Topics

  • Crime is explained culturally.
  • The media’s role in criminology.
  • The advantages of convict criminology.
  • The major issues in postmodern criminology.
  • Is politics influencing criminal behavior?
  • How does DAWN collect information?
  • The shortcomings of crime mapping.
  • Crime rates and community deterioration.
  • Certain personality traits trigger criminal behavior.
  • Does experimental criminology have an impact on social policy?

Criminal Justice Research Topics Based On Crime and Communities

  • The impact of community policing on crime prevention in urban areas.
  • The effectiveness of restorative justice programs in reducing recidivism rates.
  • The relationship between poverty and crime in urban communities.
  • The role of race and ethnicity in criminal justice outcomes and disparities.
  • The effectiveness of community-based interventions in reducing juvenile delinquency.
  • The impact of gun laws on violent crime in urban communities.
  • Social media’s role in spreading crime and its effects on communities.
  • The effectiveness of drug courts in reducing drug-related crimes and improving public safety.
  • The relationship between mental illness and criminal behavior in urban communities.
  • The impact of immigration policies on crime and public safety in urban areas.
  • The effectiveness of re-entry programs for ex-offenders in reducing recidivism and promoting successful reintegration into society.
  • The impact of community-based victim services on the criminal justice system and crime prevention.
  • The relationship between neighborhood social disorganization and crime rates.
  • The role of technology in improving crime prevention and solving crimes in urban communities.
  • The effectiveness of community-based diversion programs for non-violent offenders.
  • The impact of neighborhood watch programs on crime prevention and community safety.
  • The role of community involvement in addressing hate crimes and bias incidents.
  • The impact of domestic violence on communities and the criminal justice response.
  • The effectiveness of drug treatment programs in reducing drug-related crime and improving public health.
  • The criminal justice system’s impact on marginalized communities and efforts to promote equity and justice.

Criminal Justice Research Topics On Racism and Discrimination

  • Eliminating discrimination in the criminal justice system.
  • Gender Bias in Eyewitnesses.
  • African American Legislative Apartheid.
  • Racial Discrimination in College Campuses.
  • How criminal justice law is enacted on Migrants.
  • Inequality in the criminal justice system Research.

General Criminal Justice Research Topics

  • Police brutality and excessive force
  • Criminal profiling and investigation techniques
  • Restorative justice programs
  • Cybercrime and cyberterrorism
  • Gun control policies and their effectiveness
  • The impact of race and ethnicity on sentencing
  • Juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention
  • Wrongful convictions and the death penalty
  • Gender and crime
  • Drug policy and its impact on crime.
  • Community policing and trust-building strategies
  • The effectiveness of rehabilitation and reentry programs for offenders
  • Domestic violence and its impact on victims
  • Crime prevention through environmental design
  • Forensic science and the reliability of evidence in criminal investigations
  • Corruption in law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • Mental health treatment for inmates and offenders
  • Human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  • The use of technology in criminal investigations and surveillance
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the criminal justice system.

Types of Criminal Justice Research Topics  

  • Homicide, serial murders, and serial murder are the most popular topics in murder studies.
  • A case study of robbery crime, unusual daylight robbery in a news article.
  • Identity Theft and Ways to Protect, the prevalence of identity theft in the community, causes, and effects of cell phone theft.
  • Analysis and critique of Current fraud cases, Fraud and business ethics, fraud schemes, and investigation.

International Criminal Law Topics

  • Criminal ethics, criminal law research assignment paper.
  • Criminal courtroom observation reaction.
  • Childhood obesity.
  • Crime Prevention.
  • International crimes and their laws.
  • International criminal court.
  • Human Rights and Inequality.
  • Rape Cases.

Criminal Justice Research Topics For College Students

  • The Impact of Police Body Cameras on Law Enforcement Accountability
  • Violent Crime Reduction Effectiveness of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Racial Disparities in Sentencing and Their Implications for Justice
  • The Role of Mental Health Services in Diverting Offenders from the Criminal Justice System
  • Media Effects on Perceptions of Crime and Criminal Conduct
  • Examining the Use of Technology in Solving Crimes and Enhancing Investigations
  • Juvenile Justice Policies: Rehabilitation vs. Punishment
  • The Intersection of Immigration Policies and Criminal Justice Outcomes
  • Criminal Profiling and its Reliability in Solving Crimes
  • The Effect of Minimum Sentence Laws on Incarceration Rates and Public Safety.

Criminology Research Topics

  • Armed Crime Groups History Motives.
  • Cyber Criminology Correction Methods.
  • Art Fraud Cooperation.
  • Drunk Driving Prevention Ads.
  • Identity Theft & Social Media.
  • Topic on Child Abuse & TV Violence.
  • Aggression Against Homeless People.
  • Unemployment & Street Situation Analysis.
  • Forensic Research Identification Methods.
  • Crime Witnesses PTSD Rehabilitation.

Career With The Criminology Major

There are a variety of jobs you can get with a criminology degree. We sort listed the top 8 trending jobs that you can get with a criminology degree:

  • Criminologist.
  • Private investigator 
  • Forensic scientist .
  • Correction officer.
  • Jury consultant.
  • Loss prevention specialist 
  • Clinical social worker.

Tips On How To Write Criminal Justice Research Topics

A step-by-step guide on how to write criminal justice research topics:

topics for criminal justice research papers

  • Choose a particular topic.
  • Read the given materials and take some notes.
  • Come up with a thesis.
  • Create an outline for your project.
  • Write down all the information that you have collected.
  • Start with a cover page, and an intro.
  • List the technique you used and the results you got.
  • Include a discussion.
  • Always write a conclusion.
  • Don’t forget to correct your grammar mistakes.
  • Revise, proofread, and if it is incorrect then edit.

Importance of Criminal Justice Research Papers In 2023

Here are some important of criminal justice research papers in 2023: 

1. Informed Policy-Making

Criminal justice research papers provide valuable data and insights that policymakers use to develop effective laws and policies, enhancing the fairness and efficiency of the justice system.

2. Evidence-Based Practices

Research papers help identify evidence-based strategies for law enforcement, corrections, and crime prevention, leading to better outcomes and reduced rates of reoffending.

3. Transparency and Accountability

By revealing systemic issues and gaps, research papers push for greater transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system, fostering public trust.

4. Improved Decision-Making

Policymakers, law enforcement, and other stakeholders use research findings to make informed decisions on resource allocation and allocation of efforts.

5. Advancing Knowledge

Criminal justice research papers contribute to the body of knowledge in the field, allowing researchers and academics to build on existing findings and develop innovative approaches to understanding crime and justice.

6. Addressing Disparities

Research papers shed light on disparities in the justice system, such as racial or socioeconomic disparities, prompting efforts to address and rectify these inequalities.

7. Enhancing Public Awareness

Research papers raise public awareness about issues like wrongful convictions, mental health challenges, and the impact of crime on communities, spurring advocacy and societal change.

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Q1.what are some criminal justice research topics.

Research Topics in Criminal Justice System: 1. Capital Punishment. 2. Community Corrections. 3. Crime Prevention. 4. Criminal Courts. 5. Criminal Justice Ethics. 6. Criminal Law. 7. Criminal Specialisation. 8. Drug Courts.

Q2. How do I choose a research topic?

Two main ways to find a research topic: through your academic interests or by self-initiation. You can find a topic through your academic focus, talk to your professors and classmates about what they’re working on, and they can point you in the right direction and introduce you to the process of conducting research. The other option is to start with The idea that interests you.

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In this guide, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive list of criminal justice research paper topics, divided into several categories, to help you select a topic that interests you and aligns with your research interests. We also offer expert advice on how to choose a topic, conduct research, and write an effective research paper. Our goal is to help you succeed in your academic pursuits and make a meaningful contribution to the field of criminal justice.

100+ Criminal Justice Research Paper Topics

Criminal justice is a multifaceted field that encompasses various aspects of crime and punishment. As a student of criminal justice, it is crucial to choose a research paper topic that not only interests you but also provides ample room for exploration and analysis. In this section, we have compiled a comprehensive list of criminal justice research paper topics categorized into various themes. These categories are designed to help you navigate the vast field of criminal justice research and narrow down your options to a more manageable and focused list of topics. Whether you are interested in criminology, types of crime, theories of crime, criminal justice system, or other related topics, you are sure to find a suitable topic that will spark your curiosity and enhance your knowledge of the criminal justice field.


  • Theoretical Perspectives on Crime: An Analysis of Social Disorganization Theory
  • The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Criminal Behavior
  • The Relationship between Substance Abuse and Crime
  • The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Programs in Reducing Recidivism
  • The Role of Genetics in Criminal Behavior: A Critical Analysis
  • The Relationship between Education and Crime: An Empirical Investigation
  • The Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Crime: A Critical Review
  • The Use of Restorative Justice in Reducing Crime: An International Comparison
  • The Impact of Mass Media on Perceptions of Crime and Criminal Behavior
  • The Relationship between Poverty and Crime: An Empirical Analysis

Types of Crime

  • Hate Crimes
  • Drug-Related Crimes
  • Human Trafficking
  • Organized Crime
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Sexual Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Murder and Homicide
  • Property Crimes

Correlates of Crime

  • Poverty and Crime
  • Mental Illness and Criminal Behavior
  • The Impact of Substance Abuse on Crime
  • Demographic Factors and Criminal Behavior: Race, Gender, and Age
  • Educational Attainment and Criminal Behavior
  • Religion and Crime
  • Family Background and Crime
  • Employment and Crime
  • Neighborhood Characteristics and Crime
  • Immigration and Crime

Theories of Crime

  • Social Disorganization Theory: An Analysis of Neighborhood Crime Rates
  • Rational Choice Theory and Criminal Behavior
  • An Examination of the Classical School of Criminology
  • Social Learning Theory and Juvenile Delinquency
  • An Analysis of Strain Theory and Its Implications for Criminal Justice Policy
  • The Role of Genetics in Criminal Behavior
  • A Comparison of Conflict Theory and Consensus Theory in Criminology
  • Psychological Theories of Criminal Behavior: An Overview
  • A Critical Analysis of the Labeling Theory and Its Contributions to Criminology
  • Marxist Criminology and Its Implications for Criminal Justice Policy

Measurement and Research in Criminology

  • The use of survey research in criminology
  • Experimental designs in criminology research
  • The role of case studies in criminology research
  • Analyzing archival data in criminology research
  • Qualitative research methods in criminology
  • Quantitative research methods in criminology
  • Use of randomized control trials in criminology research
  • Measuring crime and victimization rates
  • Analyzing crime patterns and trends
  • The use of GIS (geographic information system) in criminology research

Criminal Justice System

  • The impact of privatization on the criminal justice system
  • Police misconduct and accountability in the criminal justice system
  • The role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system
  • The impact of technology on the criminal justice system
  • The effectiveness of community policing in the criminal justice system
  • The role of plea bargaining in the criminal justice system
  • The role of judges in the criminal justice system
  • The impact of mass incarceration on the criminal justice system
  • The role of the media in shaping public perception of the criminal justice system
  • The role of restorative justice in the criminal justice system

Criminal Justice Process

  • Bail and Pretrial Release: A Study of its Effects on the Criminal Justice Process
  • Plea Bargaining: Advantages and Disadvantages for Defendants and the Criminal Justice System
  • Sentencing Disparities among Minority Groups in the Criminal Justice System
  • The Role of Prosecutors in the Criminal Justice Process
  • Jury Selection: Challenges and Solutions
  • The Impact of Victim Impact Statements on the Criminal Justice Process
  • The Use of Forensic Evidence in the Criminal Justice System
  • The Role of Defense Attorneys in the Criminal Justice Process
  • The Criminal Appeals Process: Procedures and Outcomes
  • The Role of Probation and Parole Officers in the Criminal Justice Process

Criminal Justice Ethics

  • Ethical Considerations in Criminal Investigations
  • The Use of Force By Law Enforcement Officers: Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions
  • The Ethics of Plea Bargaining in Criminal Justice
  • The Role of Ethics In The Criminal Justice System: A Comparative Analysis of Different Legal Systems
  • The Morality of Capital Punishment: Arguments for and Against
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Defense: Conflicts of Interest and the Right to a Fair Trial
  • Ethical Issues in Correctional Facilities: Rehabilitation vs. Punishment
  • Police Brutality and Accountability: Ethical Implications for Law Enforcement Agencies
  • The Ethics of Criminal Profiling: Balancing Effectiveness and Discrimination Concerns
  • The Ethics of Surveillance in Criminal Investigations: Privacy, Security, and Civil Liberties Concerns

Criminal Justice Administration

  • The Role of Leadership in Law Enforcement Agencies
  • The Use of Technology in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Private Prisons and Their Impact on Criminal Justice Administration
  • The Role of Community Policing in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Police Training and Its Effect on Criminal Justice Administration
  • Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Criminal Justice Administration
  • The Effect of Budget Cuts on Criminal Justice Administration
  • Collaboration and Coordination between Criminal Justice Agencies
  • The Role of Public Opinion in Criminal Justice Administration

Criminal Law

  • The History and Evolution of Criminal Law
  • Comparative Analysis of Criminal Law Systems in Different Countries
  • The Role of the Judiciary in Criminal Law Interpretation and Application
  • Legal Principles of Criminal Liability and Their Application in Practice
  • The Concept of Mens Rea in Criminal Law
  • The Limits of Criminal Law in the Regulation Of Conduct
  • The Use of Criminal Law to Address Societal Problems
  • The Relationship Between Criminal Law and Civil Law
  • The Impact of Technology on Criminal Law and Law Enforcement
  • Critiques of The Criminal Law System and Proposals for Reform

Criminal Procedure

  • The Fourth Amendment and Search and Seizure Law
  • The Role of the Grand Jury in Criminal Proceedings
  • The Right to a Fair Trial and Due Process Protections
  • The Use of Plea Bargaining in Criminal Cases
  • The Exclusionary Rule and its Impact on Criminal Cases
  • The Role of the Defense Attorney in Criminal Proceedings
  • The Admissibility of Evidence in Criminal Trials
  • The Impact of the Media on Criminal Trials
  • The Use of Expert Witnesses in Criminal Cases
  • The Challenges of Prosecuting and Defending Cases Involving DNA Evidence

Criminal Investigation

  • The use of DNA evidence in criminal investigations
  • The reliability and limitations of eyewitness testimony in criminal investigations
  • The role of forensic psychology in criminal investigations
  • The use of surveillance technology in criminal investigations
  • Investigating cybercrime: challenges and strategies
  • The importance of crime scene investigation in solving cases
  • The impact of digital evidence on criminal investigations
  • The role of informants in criminal investigations
  • The use of lie detection technology in criminal investigations
  • The effectiveness of polygraph testing in criminal investigations

Criminal Behavior

  • The role of genetics in criminal behavior
  • The impact of childhood trauma on criminal behavior
  • The relationship between substance abuse and criminal behavior
  • The influence of peer pressure on criminal behavior
  • The impact of poverty and inequality on criminal behavior
  • The role of mental illness in criminal behavior
  • The relationship between personality disorders and criminal behavior
  • The impact of cultural factors on criminal behavior
  • The role of social media in criminal behavior
  • The impact of the media’s portrayal of crime on public perception and criminal behavior

Criminal Psychology

  • The psychology of violent offenders: understanding motivations and triggers
  • The relationship between childhood abuse and criminal behavior
  • Criminal profiling: its validity and effectiveness in solving crimes
  • The psychology of white-collar crime: motives and rationalizations
  • The impact of social media on criminal behavior and investigations
  • The psychology of false confessions: why innocent people confess to crimes they didn’t commit
  • The role of substance abuse in criminal behavior and addiction treatment in the criminal justice system
  • The psychology of serial killers: identifying patterns and predicting behavior
  • The effects of incarceration on mental health and the rehabilitation of offenders

Juvenile Justice

  • The effectiveness of diversion programs in reducing juvenile delinquency
  • The use of restorative justice practices in juvenile court cases
  • The impact of race and ethnicity on juvenile justice outcomes
  • The role of mental health services in juvenile justice systems
  • The use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention facilities
  • The effectiveness of community-based alternatives to juvenile detention
  • The impact of parental involvement on juvenile justice outcomes
  • The effects of trauma on juvenile offenders and the role of trauma-informed care
  • The relationship between juvenile delinquency and academic achievement
  • The effectiveness of juvenile sex offender treatment programs

Juvenile Delinquency

  • The impact of poverty and socioeconomic status on juvenile delinquency
  • The role of mental health issues in juvenile delinquency
  • The relationship between juvenile delinquency and drug abuse
  • The impact of family dynamics and structure on juvenile delinquency
  • The role of schools and education in preventing juvenile delinquency
  • The effectiveness of community-based programs in reducing juvenile delinquency
  • The impact of media and technology on juvenile delinquency
  • The role of race and ethnicity in the juvenile justice system and delinquency rates
  • The impact of neighborhood characteristics on juvenile delinquency
  • The effectiveness of early intervention programs for at-risk youth in preventing juvenile delinquency

Death Penalty

  • The history of the death penalty and its evolution over time
  • Comparative analysis of the use of the death penalty in different countries
  • The moral and ethical considerations of the death penalty
  • The role of race and socioeconomic status in the administration of the death penalty
  • The effectiveness of the death penalty as a deterrent to crime
  • The psychological effects of death row and the death penalty on inmates and victims’ families
  • The impact of wrongful convictions and exonerations on public trust in the death penalty
  • The controversy surrounding lethal injection and other methods of execution
  • The role of clemency and commutation in death penalty cases
  • Critiques of the death penalty system and proposals for reform

Gender and Crime

  • The Gender Gap in Crime Rates: Exploring the Trends and Explanations
  • Women in Prison: Gender-Specific Issues and Challenges
  • Masculinity and Crime: Exploring the Relationship between Masculinity and Criminal Behavior
  • Gendered Violence: Examining the Intersection of Gender and Violence in Criminal Justice
  • Female Offenders: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Women’s Criminal Behavior
  • Gender and the Law: Analyzing the Role of Gender in Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
  • The Gendered Nature of Victimhood: Examining the Impact of Gender on Victimization and Justice
  • Intersectionality and Crime: Understanding How Race, Gender, and Class Interact in Criminal Justice
  • Women in Law Enforcement: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Police Officers
  • The Gendered Impacts of Criminal Justice Policies: Analyzing the Differential Effects on Men and Women

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Choosing criminal justice research paper topics.

Choosing a research paper topic in criminal justice can be a challenging task, but there are several strategies you can use to make the process easier and more effective. The following tips will help you choose a topic that is both interesting and appropriate for your assignment.

  • Understand the assignment requirements and guidelines : Before you begin researching and selecting a topic, it is important to understand the assignment requirements and guidelines. Make sure you know the scope, length, and format of the paper, as well as any specific topic restrictions or expectations.
  • Consider your personal interests and passions: Selecting a topic that you are interested in or passionate about can make the research and writing process more enjoyable and engaging. Consider your personal experiences, values, and beliefs when choosing a topic.
  • Look for current and relevant topics in the field: Choose a topic that is relevant and current in the field of criminal justice. Look for recent research, policy changes, or high-profile cases that have generated public interest and media attention.
  • Focus on a specific aspect or issue within a broader topic: Instead of choosing a broad topic, focus on a specific aspect or issue within that topic. This will allow you to explore the topic in depth and provide a more focused and compelling argument.
  • Conduct preliminary research to ensure there is enough information available: Before finalizing your topic, conduct preliminary research to ensure there is enough information available to support your argument. Use academic journals, databases, and reliable websites to research your topic and identify potential sources.
  • Consult with your instructor or a librarian for topic suggestions and resources: Your instructor or a librarian can provide valuable guidance and resources for selecting a topic. They may be able to suggest specific topics or provide access to relevant databases and sources.
  • Stay organized and keep track of sources and notes: As you research and write your paper, make sure to stay organized and keep track of your sources and notes. This will make the writing process easier and ensure you have accurate and reliable information to support your argument.
  • Narrow down your topic and develop a thesis statement: Once you have selected a topic, narrow it down to a specific aspect or issue and develop a thesis statement. Your thesis statement should be clear, concise, and specific, and provide a roadmap for the rest of your paper.
  • Brainstorm and outline your paper before writing: Before you start writing, brainstorm and outline your paper to ensure your argument is organized and cohesive. This will also help you identify any gaps in your research or arguments.
  • Revise and edit your paper multiple times before submitting: After you have completed your paper, revise and edit it multiple times before submitting. This will ensure that your argument is clear, your writing is concise and effective, and your paper is free of errors and typos.

By following these expert tips, you can choose a criminal justice research paper topic that is engaging, relevant, and well-supported. Remember to always keep the assignment guidelines in mind and seek guidance from your instructor or librarian when needed.

How to Write a Criminal Justice Research Paper

Writing a criminal justice research paper requires careful planning and execution to ensure that you produce a high-quality and informative work. Here are some tips on how to write a criminal justice research paper:

  • Select a topic and develop a thesis statement : Choose a topic that is interesting and relevant to the criminal justice field. Narrow down your topic and develop a clear thesis statement that outlines your main argument or perspective.
  • Conduct thorough research and gather reliable sources : Use academic databases, library catalogs, and credible websites to find sources that support your thesis statement. Ensure that your sources are reliable and relevant to your topic.
  • Organize your notes and create an outline : Organize your notes and sources into a logical order that supports your thesis statement. Create an outline that includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Write an introduction that provides background information and introduces the thesis : Begin your paper with an introduction that provides context for your topic and introduces your thesis statement.
  • Use clear and concise language throughout the paper : Write in a clear and concise manner that is easy to understand. Use simple language and avoid jargon and technical terms that may be unfamiliar to your readers.
  • Support your arguments with evidence and examples from your research : Use evidence from your research to support your arguments and provide examples that illustrate your points.
  • Write a strong conclusion that summarizes your findings and reinforces your thesis : End your paper with a conclusion that summarizes your findings and reinforces your thesis statement.
  • Edit and revise your paper for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors : Check your paper for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Use spell-check and grammar-check tools to help you identify and correct errors.
  • Properly cite your sources using the appropriate citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) : Use the appropriate citation style to cite your sources in the body of your paper and in your reference list. Follow the guidelines provided by your instructor or institution.
  • Get feedback and revise your paper as needed : Share your paper with a peer or instructor and get feedback on your writing. Revise your paper as needed to ensure that it meets the requirements and guidelines of the assignment.

Writing a criminal justice research paper can be a challenging but rewarding experience for students in this field. By choosing a relevant and interesting topic, conducting thorough research, and following a clear and organized structure, students can produce a high-quality paper that showcases their knowledge and critical thinking skills. Seeking expert advice on topic selection and writing techniques can also be beneficial in producing a successful paper. With the right approach and dedication, students can create a valuable contribution to the field of criminal justice research.

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topics for criminal justice research papers

topics for criminal justice research papers

60+ Criminal Justice Research Topics

topics for criminal justice research papers

Criminal Justice Research Paper: Definition

Whether you've been assigned crime research topics by your professor or you simply enjoy exploring exciting topics in criminology, we guarantee you'll read through this article in one fell swoop. Not only will you find out some intriguing criminal justice research topics, but you will also learn the meaning behind the criminal justice system, the purpose of writing about the concept, and, finally, learn some tricks and tips for creating such a paper.

First, let's ease your understanding of criminal justice which primarily attempts to ensure the peaceful coexistence of the civil population through law regulations and judicial studies. Basically, criminal justice is often thought of as a discipline that teaches people how to stop, examine, and evaluate criminal behavior. With this in mind, most college students studying criminal law and justice have to deal with a pile of assignments on criminal cases.

Our expert essay writers suggest that you may be required to study specific situations or even provide your own solutions for a criminology research paper. Additionally, your writing should be based on applicable laws to back up your claims. So, the process of writing a criminal justice research paper usually involves a thorough understanding of the selected problem.

With that said, let's move to our next point, clarifying the purpose of writing about criminal justice issues and finding out more together!

Purpose of Writing Criminal Justice Topics

You might be asking yourself - 'why should I write about criminal justice topics?'; and that's a fair point. Out of myriads of research paper topics, especially if you're not studying law or civil and criminal cases, what's the purpose of conducting criminal investigations? Well, we've got some valid points in response to your inquiry below.

Why Write about Criminal Justice

  • It's fun and interesting - Criminal justice is an ever-changing discipline with many fascinating areas to research. During the writing process, you get to come across some interesting cases. For example, you can identify the correlation between mental health and violent activities, research crime prevention methods, examine how the international criminal court has helped reduce crimes globally, etc. Such topics are enjoyable to write about since you are prompted to use your imagination and come up with answers.
  • You get to explore and solve a mystery - There are several unresolved issues in criminal justice. When you write a research paper, you get to unravel these puzzles. Put another way, you want to address questions that you and others, including law enforcement, have about various topics. ‍
  • It reveals your deeper intelligence - You create research papers to inform the rest of the world about what you've uncovered about a criminal justice topic. While doing so, it promotes critical and creative thinking. So, you're encouraged to think out of the box and unleash your true intelligence. For example, you may need to communicate your opinions and comments with important lawmakers on the problem of the death sentence or child abuse to help them in their decision-making process. So, writing on criminology topics is a great way to show others how intelligent you really are.

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How to Write Criminal Justice Thesis Papers?

It takes careful consideration of several factors to transform your brainstormed collection of notes into a finished research paper. Even though not every criminology topic is the same, the writing structure more or less follows similar techniques. So here we prepared a few key aspects to remember while crafting your criminology topics for research:

Criminal Justice

  • Select a Criminal Justice Topic

First things first, the universal answer to your question - ' how to start a research paper ?' is this: you must carefully select a research topic. Given our limited scope and discipline, picking the criminal justice research paper topics becomes even more vital. Your research goal is to find an issue, analyze it, and provide solutions. This suggests that your topic must be related to your study objectives. Also, while choosing a topic, don't set any restrictions. Create a classification system for your research question that will enable you to group it into a wider range of subtopics.

  • Explore Existing Theories on Criminology Topics

Like any social science conception, criminal justice theories offer helpful resources for explaining social processes and human behavior. Moreover, they provide crucial insights that influence real-world applications and guide policy. However, in terms of the origins and effects of crime and criminal conduct, criminal justice comprises a number of unique theoretical interpretations. So, get familiar with different existing theories for carefully developing your research topics criminology.

  • Conduct Research on Criminal Justice Topics

While exploring your criminal justice topic for research paper, you'll probably combine primary and secondary sources. Books, journals, periodicals, news pieces, and interviews are a few examples. Make sure you only choose those that are reliable and knowledgeable. In contrast to essays or term papers, a research paper needs concrete proof. You must be aware that your viewpoint will only be considered relevant if it is backed up by evidence.

  • Organize Research Findings on Criminology Topics

Your task is not complete until you have arranged and structured the results in your article. Then, you may choose to revise your criminal justice paper topics or conduct more research to obtain proof that validates your stance, depending on what you believe to be appropriate. Additionally, you will need to assess the data you have gathered to see if it supports your theory.

  • Develop Your Criminal Justice Research Paper

After completing the steps above for your criminal justice research paper, you are now prepared to combine the research findings and thoughtful evaluation in your first draft. Develop your criminology paper topics using the facts and justifications presented by academics in earlier research. Never fail to give due credit to all sources from which you have drawn inspiration. And always remember to use a correct citation format for research paper by following the accepted guidelines.

Criminal Justice Paper Outline

Let's briefly explain the criminal justice paper outline for you to stay on the right writing track:

  • The Introduction - After defining criminology research topics, the introduction is the very first section. It covers the broad context of the issue, the research question, objectives, the study's aim, and the thesis statement.
  • The Body - The main body is the most important part of your paper as it combines your critical examination and discussion on the topics for criminal justice paper. You must summarize and explain the results of several prior empirical research in the literature review section. Try to demonstrate how academics debate and counter-dispute the research problem. The techniques for data collecting and the participants in the research design are described in the methodology section. The results of your study are included in the findings sections. Be sure to mention any findings you made from both primary sources and the literature review. Finally, the discussion covers an analysis of the findings as well as their implications.
  • The conclusion - Along with the conclusion, incorporate a recommendation section that reviews the study problem and the thesis statement and highlights the findings before suggesting the next step.

Topics for Criminal Justice Paper

After going through the fundamentals of drafting a solid paper, let's explore some fascinating criminal justice topics for research paper. The list prepared by our coursework writing service is limitless, and we promise you'll find inspiration for your upcoming writing assignment right off the bat.

List of Criminology Research Topics

Let's start with the general research topics in criminology that sparks instant interest in your reader's mind:

  • Investigating and evaluating crime theories
  • How IQ influences crime rates
  • Does the death penalty prevent crime?
  • American police brutality
  • Cyberstalking and cyberbullying: how technology may act as a mediator
  • The relationship between terrorism and organized crime
  • When does exercising professional judgment go beyond the bounds of ethics?
  • Effects of drunk driving on growing accident rates
  • The significance of identifying stalking characteristics
  • Techniques for lowering economic crimes
  • Gender prejudice in investigations
  • Procedures for detaining children
  • The difficulties with the jail system
  • Important guidelines for preventing crime
  • Investigation procedures at crime scenes
  • Long-term implications of school suspensions on adult crime
  • Crime effects of domestic violence
  • The function of media in preventing crime
  • New developments in experimental criminology
  • Wildlife crimes and the role of forensic science

List of Realistic Crime Research Topics

Continuing with our criminological research topics, here you'll find some more realistic research topics for criminology that are relatable to current global issues in our society.

  • Why are homeless people's crime rates high?
  • Social standing and criminal activity
  • History of criminology
  • The relationship between criminal conduct and immigration status
  • The connection between age and criminality
  • Crimes against humanity
  • International laws and cross-border crimes
  • Human rights abuse during armed conflict
  • The connection between mental illness and criminal behavior
  • Global efforts to combat corruption and socio economic crimes

List of Basic Criminal Justice Topics

Moving on, here is a list of basic criminal justice topics. Consider how much information there is about the pertinent issue. In any case, it is entirely up to you to select your study topics in criminal justice. Therefore, look for the most recent materials and analyze them thoroughly.

  • Abduction and ransom: recurring traits, motifs, and behaviors
  • Media coverage of crime and justice
  • How is jury selection carried out?
  • The function of forensic science in contemporary criminal justice
  • Who is eligible for the witness protection program, and how may they be protected?
  • Identity theft in the current world: risks and repercussions
  • Criminal justice ethics: the unethical aspects of law enforcement
  • The main issues that law enforcement must address today
  • Are community corrections successful?
  • Crime mapping function in contemporary criminal justice
  • Issues with poor living conditions in prisons
  • What fundamental issues are resolved by problem-solving courts?
  • What can be learned about criminal courts from their past?
  • The role of distributive justice in criminal justice
  • What happens during a criminal trial?
  • How are prosecution laws used in reality?
  • Incidents of forgery in workplaces, government agencies, and educational institutions.
  • The mechanisms for categorizing crimes
  • How are crimes committed with a religious motive punished?
  • What regulations and security measures are in place to combat campus crime?

List of Criminal Justice Topics on Racial Discrimination

Now let's get more specific with the criminal justice topics for research papers. Here we'll distinguish the prompts by racial discrimination aspects:

  • What are the drawbacks of racial profiling? Are there any advantages?
  • Using racial and ethnic profiling to target minority communities
  • How can institutional prejudice impact criminal justice?
  • How does the unfair representation of minority groups in the media impact the criminal justice system?
  • How biased is the US legal system?
  • Racism and prejudice against African-Americans
  • Conflicts of Race on College Campuses
  • History of Punishment and Slavery

List of Crime Research Topics (Crime Types)

Last but not least, look at the topics for criminal justice research paper broken down by distinct sorts of crime:

  • White-collar offenses in the workplace
  • Worldwide organized crime
  • How people and drug trafficking are made easier by the internet
  • The centers of human trafficking
  • The reasons for property crimes
  • Public order offenses
  • Blue-collar offenses
  • Indian and Chinese human trafficking
  • Violence-related robberies: causes and effects
  • Recognizing and defending against terrorism
  • High-tech crimes in the digital age

Final Thoughts on Criminal Justice Research Papers

Now that we've reached the finish, we'd like to remind you that research topics for criminal justice should always adhere to ethical standards. So do your best to be sensitive and courteous while writing, even when discussing touchy subjects.

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The Top 10 Most Interesting Criminal Justice Research Topics

Are you writing a research paper and having a hard time finding good criminal justice research topics? Thankfully, we have compiled a list of 10 of the best criminal justice research paper topic ideas. We’ve also included several criminal justice research questions and examples of criminal justice research topics to help you write your best paper.

Criminal justice is a great field for both those wanting a greater understanding of the US justice system and those who want to know what it is like to be a lawyer . If you want to write the best criminal justice paper you can, this article is for you.

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What makes a strong criminal justice research topic.

Strong criminal justice research papers consist of a focused question to answer and a specific area of criminal justice like forensic science, serial killers, substance abuse, sexual offenders, cyber criminology, corporate crime, juvenile justice, or criminal behavior. Most educational institutions have guidelines that must be followed for picking criminal justice topics for your criminology research paper, and this list will give you a great place to start researching.

Tips for Choosing a Criminal Justice Research Topic

  • Follow the guidelines of your institution. If you are studying criminal justice at any university like Loyola University, Cornell University, Walden University, or even Harvard University, your professor has probably given you guidelines to stick to.
  • Keep it focused. When you’re writing a criminal justice research paper it is best to keep a tight focus on your topic. Keep your research focused and remember to stay on task by using study tips, taking breaks, and improving on and practicing your writing skills daily.
  • Choose a narrow topic. When choosing your topic the scope of your criminal justice research paper mustn’t be too broad. Ask and answer one question or use one thesis statement that is clear and well-defined.
  • Choose a topic that is well-researched. When writing a paper on criminal justice, many topics are too new to have solid research. Pick a topic that has many cases related to it, or is focused on a common issue.
  • Choose a topic you are passionate about. There is nothing worse than being stuck writing about a topic you have no interest in. That’s why you should make sure your topic is something that you want to write about. If it ignites your passion, write about it.

What’s the Difference Between a Research Topic and a Research Question?

The difference between a research topic and a research question is that research topics are the broad area of study and research that is used to answer the research question. Research questions are what you are attempting to answer by researching your criminal justice topic.

Criminology topics can encompass areas of study like crime mapping, crime rates, crime prevention, female crimes, experimental criminology, homegrown crimes, or even criminal psychology. Research questions should be very narrow and like do certain criminal justice laws reduce crime? Do criminal justice practitioners engage in critical criminology? Does education in prison reduce reincarnation?

How to Create Strong Criminal Justice Research Questions

When writing a strong criminal justice research question you should ask three questions. Does this question have sufficient research to reference? Is the question narrow and focused? Am I passionate about this topic? If you ask these questions and use our guide to help you get started, you’ll be well on your way to writing a great criminal justice research paper.

Top 10 Criminal Justice Research Paper Topics

1. bad living conditions and access to justice.

In the criminal justice system, sometimes where you live may have an impact on your access to justice. In 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago alleging that the Chicago police department had slower response times in areas of the city with poor living conditions. The case was settled in 2021 with a plan to improve.

2. White-Collar Crimes Compared to Working-Class Criminals Punishments

White-collar crimes are generally finance-related crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, or money laundering. According to Cornell University School of Law, white-collar crime costs over $300 billion annually in the US. However, white-collar criminals are prosecuted less severely than their working-class counterparts.

3. False Accusation, False Confessions, and Plea Bargaining

This area of criminal behavior is interesting, as our justice system actually allows for admissions of guilt even if the party did not commit the crime. Sometimes sentences can be reduced if a guilty plea is entered even if the party did not commit the crime.

4. Restorative Justice Efforts on Youthful Offenders

Juvenile and youth offenders have many different rules and avenues for justice. One of these unique approaches to keeping young people from their delinquent behavior employed by problem-solving courts is the concept of restorative justice. Restorative justice is a process that helps offenders make amends with the person or community they hurt with their deviant behaviors.

5. Criminal Justice Reform in Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hatred of someone or a group of people’s immutable characteristics. In recent years, many states have adopted the federal bias categories as outlined by the Department of Justice. These categories are not adopted by every state, which creates several directions for research questions.

6. Organized Crime and the Social Class Criminal Behavior of Members

Organized crime has been around for centuries, but can be prevalent in communities that see crime as a way of life and family. It can be a robust topic to try and understand the influences that family and community have on organized crime.

7. Criminal Justice Agencies and International Crime Investigation Efforts

One thing that is not often talked about is the relationship between criminal justice agencies that work together across countries. Many agencies work together, and many are made jointly. The most notable agency that does this is Interpol which, in 2021, arrested 1,003 alleged criminals and closed 1,660 cases in just one investigation .

8. Impacts of Wildlife Crime and Environmental Crime

Two little written about criminal justice topics in this scientific field are the topics of environmental and wildlife crime. Pollution, littering, dumping, poaching, and wildfire started by humans are all areas that could be a great place to use your analytical skills and nab a decent grade.

9. Relationship Between Crime and Eyewitness Testimony

Eyewitness testimonies are a staple of modern justice. Many violent crime convictions hinge on the ability of eyewitness testimony to convince a jury of what occurred. Sometimes eyewitness testimony can be unreliable, or the multiple witnesses can testify something different from one another resulting in a wrongful conviction. Many crimes like drunk driving or theft can rest on this method of testimony.

10. Relationship Between Law Enforcement and Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is a topic that has received a lot of coverage and is one of the major criminal justice issues of today. Human rights careers deal with the impact of racial and social issues in the US. There are many areas in which law enforcement has to improve in the area of social science. This is a broad topic with many implications for criminal justice ethics and the area of distributive justice.

Other Examples of Criminal Justice Research Topics & Questions

Criminal justice research topics.

  • Jury nullification
  • Online predators
  • Drunk drivers
  • Gun control
  • Campus crime

Criminal Justice Research Questions

  • Does restorative justice reduce incarceration rates in juveniles?
  • Do drug courts engage with racial profiling in the criminal justice system?
  • Are environmental crimes underreported in the criminal justice field?
  • Can organized criminal behavior be reduced by new crime control measures?
  • Does mental illness cause more false confessions?

Choosing the Right Criminal Justice Research Topic

If you take these criminal justice research topic ideas and start researching, you’ll find a topic that strikes your creativity and deals with current justice issues. If college courses seem like they may not be for you, you can always use your knowledge to get a job in criminal justice without a degree .

As we stated earlier, two important parts to finding a great topic for criminology studies or criminal justice is to follow your institution’s guidelines and find a topic that you’re passionate about. Difficult topics like child abuse, victim services, jury selection, sexual violence, or any other of the wide range of topics are important and you can do them real justice and care in your paper.

Criminal Justice Research Topics FAQ

A good criminal research topic should be a broad area with lots of research and case studies behind it. It follows your institutional guidelines and that you are passionate about.

Controversial topics in criminal justice include issues that the court is not settled on or ones that disrupt long-standing positions in the courts. Issues like private prisons, gun control, reproductive rights, and criminal court reform could all be considered controversial.

Feminist criminology started in the late 60s and early 70s to bring attention to both female criminals and victims. The movement started because of the male-focused approach to criminal psychology with little to no regard for how a woman may be psychologically different.

Current issues in the criminal justice system include topics like racial justice, social justice, police reform, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ+ discrimination. Many of these topics are being discussed in both state and federal courts.

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